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1  Swishy vest in Crochet: Completed Projects by BridgeKeeper on: October 13, 2016 03:12:53 AM


I really love tinyowlknits ruffly vest on Ravelry, but I really do not have the patience for knitting, so I thought I'd try to make a crochet version. I set to designing and figuring it out, I ended up making enough tweaks that the only similarity to her vest is the fact that it's a vest and a certain feminine quality. Some of these tweaks were intended from the beginning, some were spur of the moment deciding what really suited me and the amount of yarn I had.

Vest pattern:
Sc blo 20 st, 157 rows with G hook

Work 155 Tunisian kn st into side of ribbing with J hook, 11 rows Tunisian seed kn st (not sure this is an official stitch, but easy enough to combine Tunisian seed st with Tunisian kn st)

Continue in sections of:
39(right front)+77(back)+39(left front)
16 rows each
Seam shoulder seams (I stitched together 18 st from each front section to the back section)

Work 155 sc (still j hook) into opposite side of ribbing, with right side facing, next row dc, continue increasing the height of these stitch with each row to desired length (the tops of the stitches will become quite loose and wide - this is desirable and gives the swishy peplum effect); I went up to 7 loops on hook, with the last row in my accent color (pull through 8x, octo-crochet?).

When desired length has been achieved, next row work 3 sc into the top of each stitch, working a picot on every 3rd stitch.

At neckline, work esc back and forth to desired collar height, working the last of the rows in accent color. very last row is just a with picot every 3rd stitch. Edge all exposed edges with sc (vest front opening and arm holes).

Afraid my guage got rather larger in the Tunisian section when my hook was loaded with loops, but still, not too bad! Thinking Ill add sleeves later, maybe. I quite like it as a vest, though.

Sorry I dont have a better picture yet I dont own any mirror large enough, so this was taken quickly in a restaurant.
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2  LOTR/Hobbit hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by BridgeKeeper on: September 20, 2016 11:18:49 PM
Presenting: my LOTR/Hobbit themed tapestry crocheted slouchy hat.

It has three sections, each section is separated by a Tree of Gondor (they all come together at the top). It's a heavily modified version of a Tree of Gondor chart from Emma Schurman on Ravelry.


A section with the Doors of Durin. Modeled on the images of Andrea Kr-Andersv design on Ravelry.


A section with Mirkwood Forest (my own design).


And my favorite, the section with the Lonely Mountain (also my own design, modeled after the classic map).


The images aren't very visible when wearing, but it makes me happy anyway!  Grin
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3  Mending+ Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by BridgeKeeper on: September 20, 2016 10:18:09 PM
I mended one if my favorite pairs of jeans, then decided to add a little something extra.  Grin
Perfect thing to work on during a night off night shifts.

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4  Fabric map in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by BridgeKeeper on: June 28, 2016 12:25:46 PM
I actually made this a few years ago, right after hubby and I finished hiking the Colorado Trail. I wanted something to commemorate the amazing 6 week long backpacking trip. You can get a big poster map from the Colorado Trail Foundation, but I didn't really want to pay for that. To try to get you to buy said poster, they send a smaller, regular paper version. I happened to have some muslin hanging around from my last attempt quilting, so I took a piece of it, cut it to the size I wanted, and started tracing with fabric markers. I love, love, love it, though I haven't quite figured out how I want to display it yet, still. But I thought I'd share.  Grin
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5  Embroidered ring in Needlework: Completed Projects by BridgeKeeper on: June 28, 2016 11:08:27 AM
I'm not entirely sure where to put this, but I figured this is good enough.
So I've been browsing and oohing and saying over other's projects, especially those spoon rings. Alas, I haven't been able to find silver spoons for a price I'm willing to pay, and I'm not skilled at doing that sort of thing anyway. so I figured I'd make myself a ring with things I knew I could do.
 I knitted a little ring for my finger with bamboo thread and elastic thread held together. Then embroidered it with some newly-learned stitches to make a vine and flower. I was aiming for something like a rose, but I think it looks more like a poinsettia, which is fine, especially considering my newbie embroidery skills.
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6  First ATCs in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by BridgeKeeper on: September 20, 2012 01:24:44 PM
So, I thought I'd share my first attemts at Artist Trading Cards, but I haven't posted enough to be able to do pics yet. Meanwhile, I'll pose a question: I get that you're supposed to trade them with other people, but what do I do if I like them too well to want to trade?
I didn't realize just how fun these things are until I got a chance to make a couple at the Denver County Fair.

Update: I can now include pics! - The bottom pic is supposed to have the red ribbon at the bottom, not be sideways


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7  Flower Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by BridgeKeeper on: December 20, 2011 09:14:30 AM
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has thought of this, but I was very happy when it came to me, and they are very pretty.
Considering that I am relatively new to the whole crafting scene, this was uber-easy to do:
Simply cut off small silk flowers close to the head, put hot glue generously around the bottom point of the flower and glue to blank studs.



Since I just figured out how to post, I don't really know how to link photos to this post. I think I managed to upload a photo, but I dunno if its connected to this post at all. Hmmm...  Huh I'll figure this out eventually.
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